Swimmers Host Cal State East Bay

The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team returns to its home venue for competition this Saturday, January 9, for the first time since the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Shootout in October. The Spartans face home duals against non-conference foes over each of the next two weekends, beginning with a match-up against Cal State East Bay this Saturday. The first of 11 events is slated to get started at The Aquatics Center on campus at 12:00 p.m. Admission is free.

San Jose State enters Saturday's meet at 5-3 overall, while the Pioneers are an even 1-1. The meet will follow a standard 13-event format, but will feature just the 11 swimming events, with Cal State East Bay not having a diving program. These teams have met in each of the past two seasons.


Cal State East Bay is in its first year competing at the NCAA Division II level, up from Division III. The Pioneers are coming off a fourth-place showing at the California Lutheran University Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last Saturday, January 2. They previously topped Mills College in their home opener back in October, and lost at Fresno Pacific in November in dual action.

CSUEB has five returning swimmers from a year ago, led by co-captains Melissa Grottkau, a senior, and Sami Hernandez, a junior. Senior Jillian Lothian is another standout performer for the Pioneers, who have been led since 1987 by head coach Anthony Garcia, a CSUEB graduate.

These teams are facing off for the third straight season. San Jose State made its first trip to Hayward, Calif., to take last year's meeting, 119-61, on January 16. Heather Denman (500 free, 1000 free) and Kirsten Trammell (200 free, 100 fly) each won a pair of individual events, with Denman placing first in her first two collegiate distance freestyle races before leading off the victorious 200 free relay to conclude the meet. On January 26, 2008, the Spartans earned a 119-98 decision on Senior Day in San Jose.

Eleven swimming events will be held at The Aquatics Center this Saturday, January 9. The schedule is as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back, 500 free, 100 breast and 200 free relay. Two short breaks will be taken after the 200 IM and 500 free.

Individual events against Cal State East Bay will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2). No more than three individuals or two relay foursomes per team can accumulate points in a given event. Swimmers can not take part in more than three individual and relay races combined on the day.

San Jose State concludes the home portion of its 2009-10 season with a double dual against UC Davis and Pacific next Sunday, January 17. The first of 16 events at The Aquatics Center on campus is slated for 1:00 p.m., after a special ceremony honoring Spartan tri-captains Erin Garcia and Hannah Tringham on Senior Day. Admission is free of charge. Local rival Pacific was added to the meet recently.

San Jose State won a dual meet at Cal State Bakersfield, 160-135, on Saturday, January 2, and out-pointed two other teams to take first-place honors at the University of San Diego Relay Invitational at USD's Sports Center Pool on Sunday, January 3.